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The first North Aisle Window (lost in 1940)



Date: Unknown
Lights: 3
Firm: Unknown
Designer: Unknown
Window Subject: Interior scene.  

The plaque states.
"The stained glass windows on the Northside of the Church were destroyed by enemy action on the night of 23 September 1940 when a bomb fell in the Rectory garden ~ The plain glass was inserted by the War Damage Commission but a few pieces of the original glass can still be seen in the windows".

The actual bomb was recorded as a high explosive that fell at 1.10am 24 Sept 1940.

The East Window


Date: 1866
Lights: 5
Firm: Lavers & Barraud
Designer: Anon

Window Subject
The window displays 2 rows of scenes from the life of Christ.

The window should be read from left to right, bottom to top.
  • Annunciation (Luke 1:26 38)
  • Nativity (Luke 2:6:7)
  • Christ amongst the Doctors (Luke 2:41 52)
  • Baptism of Jesus (Luke 3:21)
  • Christ heals the blind beggar (Luke 18:35 42)
  • Christ on the Mount of Olives (Luke 22:39 46)
  • Suffer the Little Children (Luke 18:15 17)
  • The Last Supper (Luke 22:14 20)
  • He is not here; he has risen (Matthew 28:5 6)
  • Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene (John 20:17)
  • The Ascension of Jesus (Luke 24:50-51)
Biographical Information

"The stained-glass window above the reredos was the gift of Lady Morrison to whom Sutton owes a debt of gratitude for her munificent contributions to the Church Building Fund and the National Schools." [Church's Directory of Sutton 1880]
A monument by the font is in memory of her husband, Sir James William Morrison Deputy Master of the Royal Mint (1830-50), died 27 June 1856 at their house, The Hermitage, in Wanstead, Essex. Sir James was buried in Sutton, 3 Jul 1856.  Their house, a fine Georgian mansion in Snaresbrook Road, was destroyed during the Second World War. Lady Jane Morrison died there in 1871 aged 84 and was buried in at St Nicholas on 15th July 1871. Lady Morrison, was also a great benefactor to Wanstead, leaving money to the Weavers' Alms-houses and donating the bells and a clock to Christ Church.  She also paid for the building of the chapel at the Seamen's Orphanage in Wanstead (which is now a synagogue).  There is no other known connection with Sutton or St Nicholas church.

People Power: Individuals and their legacy of art



Our exhibition this year will cover the windows lost in the second world war and explain the still existing windows in this Grade II* listed building. There will be self-guided tours, talks, storytelling and activity trails for children that will take in the monuments of the church and the many grade II listed tombs of the churchyard.

Opening Times
Friday 13 September: 1100-1600
Saturday 14 September: 1100-1600
Sunday 15 September: 1200-1400
Monday 16 September: 1100-1600
Tuesday 17 September: 1100-1600
Wednesday 18 September: 1100-1600
Thursday 19 September: 1100-1600
Friday 20 September: 1100-1600
Saturday 21 September: 1100-1600
Sunday 22 September: 1200-1400


For more details see:
https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/extraordinary-women-celebrating-the-heritage-of-st-nicholas-sutton  

The monument to Isaac Littlebury


On the north wall is a tablet with the following inscription:

Isaac Littlebury.

"In memory of Isaac Littlebury, whose liberal education, travels abroad, skill in divers languages, knowledge of history and conversation with eminent men, rendered him a lover of public liberty and good order, which he endeavoured to promote by publishing several eminent books. He was, through the course of his life, just, open, modest, generous, mild, beneficent, frugal. He died the 30th of April 1710, in his 53d year."

Isaac Littlebury is said to have been the son of "Mr. Thomas Littlebury, the famous bookseller in Little Britain, eminent for his skill in languages (fn. 9)." He is best known as the translator of Herodotus; what his other publications were I have not been able to learn, nor any thing further of his history.

From:  Daniel Lysons, 'Sutton', in The Environs of London: Volume 1, County of Surrey (London, 1792), pp. 492-496. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/london-environs/vol1/pp492-496 [accessed 10 September 2018].